Both types of barcode scanners usually support the same features, but some core differences set these devices apart. Wireless devices are slower than cabled devices since these devices transmit information wirelessly. Wired handheld does not need batteries since the computer is the power source.

Cordless Scanner

  • Not as fast as corded
  • Susceptible to interference
  • More expensive than wired
  • Need batteries
  • More convenient
  • More versatile
  • The receiver can be lost
  • Use it with other devices, such as a tablet

Corded Scanner

  • Faster than cordless
  • Not susceptible to interference
  • Less expensive than wireless
  • Do not need batteries
  • Do not need a receiver